Heroes for Children Run Sept 4, 2016

My goodness.  It’s been awhile.

Working with UNICEF has been one of the most fulfilling work I’ve ever done.  Combine that with organizing a run and I’m doubly fulfilled!

The first Heroes for Children Run last year was a huge success in may fronts.  First, it raised 3 Million pesos for the #first1000days programme of UNICEF – essentially and literally saving lives of children before 2 years old to make  sure that they have an equal chance at a better life in school, at work, and in the community.  Second, it allowed more people to know about UNICEF and how their various programmes help in nation building.  Third, non-runners became runners and we had fun!

This year, Anne is at it again.  Continuing what she started and solidifying her role as a strong  Advocate for Children in the Philippines.  Getting to know this lady is such a privilege.  Her sincerity in using all her being to bring light to UNICEF’s cause is palpable and contagious. Hearing her talk and work on the #heroesforchildrenrun is a joy.

Heroes for Children Run 2016 press conference

TAGUIG CITY, Philippines – (L-R) UNICEF Celebrity Advocate for Children Anne Curtis, UNICEF Country Representative Lotta Sylwander, and Coach Rio dela Cruz pose for photographers during the Heroes for Children Run 2016 press conference held at the F1 Hotel, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, 10 August 2016.

Clark 1

Team Endure’s Clarky

So, if there’s one run you cannot miss this year, I implore you to not miss this one.  I have harassed my triathlon team, Team Endure to run this one and we have registered and are ready to be Heroes for Children on September 4.  In a sea of Cyan blues (UNICEF’s color), we will be in Endure  Cobalt blue.

In-store registration is ongoing until 28 August 2016 at the following Chris Sports outlets: SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall,SM City North Edsa, SM City BF Homes, Glorietta, Market! Market!, Robinsons Place Manila, and UP Town Center (from August 15 to 28)

Friends and fans who want to support Anne but cannot physically run or be present on race day may donate on her personal SimplyGiving fundraising page at http://www.simplygiving.com/event/HeroesforChildrenRun2016.





An Open Letter to the Ironman Participants

To my friends and teammates who are racing 70.3 tomorrow,

I am ever so proud of each and every one of you who have taken on this very personal challenge to swim, bike and run a half ironman (HIM) distance.  Some may be doing it a second time, a third maybe, but the feeling of ‘have I done enough? trained enough? rested enough?’ is a nagging peripheral thought just the same.  For the HIM virgins, this is on the forefront of your mind right now.

Let me tell you what I have to say about that (go ahead and skip the next paragraphs as I have no authority whatsoever in triathlons, more so an IM 70.3.  But since you’re my friends, you will read on *wink):

You have done enough.  YOU are enough.  You have always been enough. 

You were never lacking in any iota of a measure.

Sure, you didn’t reach your intended time last year, had to dnf perhaps, naunahan ni __________, and every null thought you can possibly think of.  But didn’t you aspire to do better this year? Trained earlier (uyyyy, may natamaan)? Ate better? ‘Had girl abs in the process?

Whatever happened last year, is just that – the past.  You’ll never regain it, you can only learn from it.  What you have now is the present.  Whatever you’re doing now, is what you need to be doing.  What you will be doing tomorrow come gun start,  is as it should be.

The finish line?  Done. It is its own present. The Start and the Finish are the same. So why fret?

Enjoy everything – the smile that people will generously give you, albeit nervous, enjoy it.  The pat on the back, the good lucks, the godspeeds, the well wishes, the all important prayers.  Carry them with you as you race.  With every swim stroke, every bike pedal and every step, you are where you need to be.

Say a prayer of gratitude at the gun, say, ‘Thank you, Lord for making me finish this race’. This is how you claim His promise 🙂

For when you know by Faith that you’ve finished the race, getting to the finish is easy.

So, Carina, Mike, Raff, Noelle, Hanna, Joy, Jon, Nico, Kuya Jun, Coach Al, Ronnie, Argow, Marge, Vic, Jet, Redge, Bong B, Chance, Eric, Arbs, Joni, and all I know who’s racing tomorrow, this one’s for you. *Cheers *Clink

Get Ready at the Start Line of 100 Miles Cafe

Friendships are born from common interests. Wency and I have two – running and food : he runs ultras, I support; he manages cafes, I eat.

I first met Wency, Jael to some when BZ requested that we ‘adopt’ a runner in one of the initial test runs of the 102km Bataan Death March. A quiet guy, Wence did his own thing in the run, never really needing anything from the test run support crew.  What struck me most about him was his fair skin-hahaha. In my head, is he sure he wants to darken that alabaster skin? Apparently, he was sure. He finished the test run with no qualms  and the rest of his ultramarathons  thereafter with a passion for running and a discipline for it like no other.

Fast-forward to 2013 when he asked for some taste testers to try out the menu they were developing for their new café, the 100 Miles Café.  Buti na lang I had some experience with taste testing when I was working for the Cravings group years ago – it didn’t hurt that I loooove food too.

Wency and his family  manage a couple of Figaro franchises, Cafe Bonifacio and Oriang.  All with delicious menu to choose from.

100 Miles Salad

100 Miles Salad

Potato Salad

Potato Salad

The Classic Carbonara

The Classic Carbonara

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

Broccoli and Asparagus Pasta

Broccoli and Asparagus Pasta

Sausage in Soft Taco

Not in the pictures above are the malunggay soup and the mushroom, basil, and feta cheese pasta.  Ang takaw kasi namin ni Kokoy naligtaan mag picture 🙂

Me, Wence and Kokoy

Suffice it to say that we enjoyed it.  All the pasta were cooked al dente, just the way it should be.  The bolognese and the carbonara were classic recipes that you will love! I will definitely order the 100 Mile Salad with its 3-dressing and the broccoli and asparagus pasta as soon as the Cafe opens.

Pero parang may kulang…..

yeMARGA flan may finally make its retail showing at 100 Miles Cafe. Abangan! (teehee)

yeMARGA flan may finally make its retail showing at 100 Miles Cafe. Abangan! (teehee)

I can’t wait for the 100 Miles Café to open and you can be sure Wency’s ultramarathon comrades will be there to support his new project and to maybe just carbo-load, recover, hydrate, chill, hang-out. 

Cheers, Wence!

Nota Bene: (The 100 Miles Cafe is located at: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=483100015085406&set=a.483067385088669.112464.483060431756031&type=1&theater)


(This is a long-overdue gratitude blog for Jinoe and Que; am glad that it comes on the heels of this voting thing as a game changer for the tattawards.)

My foray into running began in 2008 when I got sick and needed to drastically change my sedentary lifestyle.  Not only did takbo.ph give me an opportunity to read through accounts of hundreds of people who ran,  takbo.ph also allowed me to be who I am without being a subject of ridicule or judgment – considering running is a sport and I’m ahhh, well, ahhh….not sporty J  I was big and beautiful.  But I was accepted.  I was made to feel welcome and loved.  As slow as I was, as big as I was, I had a place to be as slow and as big as I needed to be.

It was in takbo.ph that I found really good friends – the kind you find in elementary or high school – where it’s a little bit more pure as when you’re older – you know what Im talking about  – the same interests, humour, wavelength, music, writing style, the same type of kindness – where most believed in good and positivism, where hardwork and discipline are part and parcel of the running lifestyle.

Poster Making for First Time Marathoners

People at takbo.ph are good people.  They are not mean, they encourage, they wait for you to the finish, heck they even pace you from start to finish, they make posters and banners for your first marathon, and much much more.  How much more?  Let’s see…

TAKBO.PH is a Venue to Get People Together

  • Although there may be dissenting opinions in the different fora, it’s managed really well by the administrators; such that when it gets too personal and mean, it gets bumped off; it truly is a venue for togetherness and respectfulness (I know wrong grammar.)
  • As cheesy as it is, there are many a love affair that hails from the site (Aminin! Natuloy man o naunsyami, kinilig pa rin kayo diba? LOL)
  • Businesses made; business partnerships forged (parang LOTR lang ah)

The Iconic TAKBO.PH Tarpaulin

The TAKBO.PH  tarp is an iconic tarpaulin in all the races–every runner wants to have a picture with that tarp – it used to be just one; but as the family grew, and different running groups  were formed, Jinoe and Que had to produce more and more.

The Iconic Banner at McDo

Various Advocacies TAKBO.PH introduced, initiated, and maintained

  • The Breakfast Club was the brainchild of Que and Mar if Im not mistaken, where runners contribute to a gathering for children without homes at Jollibee, play games with them, have a meal with them and have them bring home a loot bag of groceries for their families.

Breakfast Club, Pasay

Botak 100 at KM 81

  • Angel Brigade. Takbo.ph is a staple of Angel Brigade.  When typhoon Ondoy hit, it was takbo.ph who built care packages of sardines, noodles, crackers, milk, water , clothes and more.  They would of course do this after their runs at BHS, but always ready to help…until today when AB asks for volunteers, you know at least 20 pairs of legs will be at the AB Headquarters packing as fast as they can to get the relief goods to our kababayans

Tired Packers

Med Mission, Rizal (Tent City)

Medical Mission, Rizal

  • Mountain Climbers are also runners and through AB and takbo.ph,  we built packages of slippers, blankets,  kulambos, and school supplies and they brought it to the literally far flung areas of the north

Marky on the mountain of Benguet

  • Pencil Project, Better Bones Project are only a couple of individually-initiated projects that tapped into the takbo.ph database and knocked on our hearts to donate items and time, which we all happily did.


Such as the Cervical Cancer and Sports Injury Talk by Doc Dianne and Doc Rannie;  Biggest Loser 1-2-3 where those who joined really fought for this title; as well as the Wine and Cheese Parties at 7 in the morning; games of patintero and luksong tinik even before the BHS backyard was done; of Girls Night Out, concelebrated birthdays, the traditional Noche Buena Run, Bisita Iglesia Run the missing CP2, of bloggers and such

Wine and Cheese

Girls Night Out

Noche Buena Run in UP

Bisita Iglesia Run (From UP to Quiapo


Luksong Tinik

The Mysterious CP2

Blogger Friends (Photo by Jazzrunner)

TAKBO.PH  Does Not End with Finishing a Marathon

  • Because of the discipline developed in training for longer distances, inclusive of recovery runs, speed training, tempo run, drills, cross training (swim, bike),  proper nutrition, and plenty of reading , there are different ways of growing in this beloved community
  1. Your Personal Record (PR) is the best way to measure your development in this sport.  This entails listening to your body and not copying your neighbour’s training plan or PR.  Your growth is your own.
  2. 3-5-10-15/16-21-32-42-50-60-70-80-102-160-250km.  I know, I know…the 250km is a relay – hahaha.  As you develop endurance and stamina and a true love/craziness for this sport, you also tend to up the ante as far as distance is concerned.  Have you noticed though that longer distance runners are thinner? hahahaha
  3. Triathlons.  A natural progression to running is multisport /triathlon.  The transition to this is amazing.  I’ve literally seen a n ultramarathoner  – non swimmer (sputtering at the army pool) progress to a couple of Half Ironmans under his belt as well as a Full Ironman Distance  in just 12-18n months time.  As more runners are getting more and more into multipsort, I cant help but be glad that their base is running, for a triathlete can tell you that the game and therefore the finish is made in the run.

Runners turned Triathletes

My life is full and meaningful because I googled running in 2008 and found TAKBO.PH – I read, participated in the fora, shoutboxed during office hours (shhhhh…), bought the takbo singlet, happily wear them in all my races, ran 5, 10, 21, 32, and 42km here and abroad, all the while enjoying the camaraderie of friends  who I know will last a lifetime.

Game Changer you say? I say Life Changer 

Go Natural 2012 Run

Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes almost four (4) years ago makes the Go Natural 2012 Run close to home.  The disease and its potential to curb an active lifestyle is real.  Getting the word out there about the disease is not enough.  That’s why a big thank you goes to Nattural Quality Corporation (NQC), who are the makers of Ampalaya Plus, Delite and more — for making these supplements and having a run for the benefit of early education for  children about diabetes.

Registration has been extended in all sites until January 11:

  • Toby’s – Shangri-La Mall and SM MOA
  • Planet Sports – Trinoma and Glorietta 3
  • Athlete’s Foot – Robinson’s Galleria and Alabang Town Center

and until January 13 at:

  • Riovana – Bonifacio High Street

See you on Sunday, January 15 at BGC! 🙂

See you on Sunday at BGC.

To Melvin Pangan — to training, to good health, to friendships, love and respect — A Salute!


The Mizuno Infinity Run is one run I always run J. In 2009, if I’m not mistaken, this was one of my first 10km runs and it was there that Mizuno surprised us with their Time Trial Challenge in an attempt for runners to up the ante in the next year for a continuous improvement in their races.

In 2010, the first race I registered for was  the Infinity Run in their Expo where I got a P100 peso off from my registration fee because I ran the year before.  My friends from takbo.ph won in their raffle where I won a Mizuno backpack, Carina (The  Flying Boar) a cap, Timmy (The KenkoyRunner) a backpack and the best prize was won by Julie Reyes ( HotLegsRunner) with a pair of Mizuno shoes.  All in all a very happy event for all us. Wink wink.

It turned out to be my first race for the year after a much needed hiatus from Japan. And even with minimal training because it was sooo cold, I beat my time which I was very proud of! And if my memory serves me right (it normally serves me wrong, believe me!) I had a fond finish here as well as Rod, Ziggy, and Timmy sent me to the Finish Line.

2011 is going to be a struggle as my training is next to nil because of work and what-have-yous.  Oh well.  At least I can promote this event with fond memories.  Plus! This year too, my multisport family is being sponsored by Mizuno and some of us will act as brand ambassadors on the day itself.

I urge you to join this run on June 11 at the Bonifacio Global City and experience the ‘Never Settle’ attitude of the brand and the runners of this brand.

Assembly time will be at 4:00 am. Gunstart for the 21K runners will be at 5:00 am. The 10K and 5K distance runners will follow soon afterwards with a 10-minute interval between distances.

Registration is at all Mizuno branches in the Metro Manila area. Runners may also register at the Mizuno Sports Outlet in Paseo de Sta. Rosa in Laguna, and at the Mail and More Convergys’s Branch

Registration fee is priced at 600 pesos for the 5K distance, 750 pesos for 10K and 800 pesos for the new 21K course. All previous participants will also get a 50 pesos discount from registration.

Please visit http://www.mizuno.ph or Mizuno Run Club (https://www.facebook.com/MizunoRunClub) in facebook for more details.

AKTv Run June 5, 2011

When the invite for the AKTV Media and Bloggers Night was handed out, I was excited on two (2) fronts:  A local channel specific to sports, both recreational and professional is being given its due- its own local airwave! Plus as a broadcast graduate eons of years ago, I wanted to know how the Kapatid Network can pull off an all-sports network given issues on budget in covering local and international sports events, finding professional Filipino  sportscasters to deliver the news, and sustaining a small but captured audience 365 days a year.

I was impressed with how conservative the programming was, starting at a late afternoon time slot until midnight seven days a week and an appetizing menu of programs catering to a wide audience with enough of a star power to kick things off.

Kick things off they will on June 5 with the AKTV Run (read as Active) at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.  AKTV will introduce its line up of programming  after the four (4) race categories of:  3km, 5km, 10km, & 21km runs.  Manu Sandejas, a bike enthusiast  and Chiqui Roa  will host the early morning event.

Interested participants can register online at http://www.interaksyon.com/aktv.

Regular in-store registration will run from May 5-22 at the following sports and running stores: Runnr (Bonifacio High Street, Taguig), ROX (Bonifacio High Street), Toby’s (SM Mall of Asia), Planet Sports (Glorietta, Makati City), The Athelete’s Foot (Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa and Robinsons Galleria), and at Planet Sports (Trinoma, Quezon City).


I have heard many things about the Greenfield Sunset  Run from last year. The fact that it is away from the city says a lot about a refreshing run venue for us city folks.

This year, the run  is dubbed the Greenfield City Clean Air Run 2011 promoting the unpolluted air of its 300-plus hectare master planned development  in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

It would have four (4) race distances:

1)      500 meter dash for children 5-12 y/o

2)      5km Run

3)      10km Run

4)      21km Run

and registration is until May 22.

Registration Sites are as follows:

  • R.O.X. – Level 2 R.O.X. Bldg. Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City (12nn–8pm,Tel # 8564638)
  • Toby’s SM Mall of Asia – G/F Entertainment Mall, Roxas Blvd., Manila(12nn– 8pm, Tel # 556-0445)
  • Planet Sports Glorietta – 2F Glorietta 3, Makati City (12nn – 8pm, Tel #8177896)
  • The Athletes Foot Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City
  • Planet Sports Trinoma – 2nd level, Trinoma cor. North EDSA, Quezon City(12nn– 8pm, Tel# 9167451)
  • The Athlete’s Foot Robinsons Galleria – 3F Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas Pasig

City(12nn – 8pm, Tel# 6363162)

  • Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna (Tel# 046-5412845, 02-4208003)

Kindly take note of the Gun Start Times:

21km run                             5:15AM
10km run                             5:30AM
5km run                               5:50AM
500-meter dash                                6:00AM

Transportation is provided on a first-come-first served basis.  You need to inform the organizers of your intent to ride the shuttle bus from Mandaluyong to Sta Rosa. Estimated Time of Departure from Mandaluyong is 3:00AM.

The singlets are nice-looking too.

The AIR Singlet

For more details check out the RunRio Website : http://runrio.com/2011/04/greenfield-clean-air-run/

Reminisce and Run

Goldilocks has always meant a special celebration for the Filipino family.  As a kid, my siblings, cousins neighbours and I would look forward to a birthday party because it would mean a fancy cake, the yummy frosting and the oh so pretty flower sugar.  Our parents will sometimes wean as away from these potent sugars as the combination of other kids, games and candy can become a little bit too much to handle.  But, oh, how we loved birthday parties!

Goldilocks was also there for academic achievements such as Best in Reading or being part of the Top 10 in a grading period and of course, a graduation meant a possible two-layered cake which means more flowered candies.

With the advent of the other bakeshops, some fancier than the next, our beloved brand took a backseat as we tried the others.

But why is it that when everything began tasting the same, we longed for the simple mocha chiffon, the icing and the candied flowers?  We longed for what is comforting, and easy and simple. No fuss.  There’s no need. It’s a cake after all.

It has been 45 years that Goldilocks has been part of the Filipino lifestyle-young or old, then or now.  With the running bug in all of us nowadays, it was fitting to celebrate the same 45 years with a fun run.

On May 15, all roads will lead once again to Bonifacio Global City for the Goldilocks Fun Run  organized  by RunRio  (First leg of the Run Rio Series Manila).

Registration ports will be at : RUNNR Store,  R.O.X. , Toby’s SM Mall of Asia, Planet Sports Glorietta &Trinoma, The Athletes Foot Alabang Town Center & Robinsons Galleria and the Goldilocks Store in Shaw Boulevard. Registration Fees are as follows:  5K (P600), 10K (P600) and 21K (P750) distances.  Registration is open only until May 1, 2011.

The Fiesta-themed atmosphere on race day will be filled with games for the whole family. Reminisce your childhood with the brand that we all grew up in and Run.

For More details: http://runrio.com/2011/03/runrio-series-manila-goldilocks-45th-anniversary-run/

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